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My name is Sylvain Wesley I am a Mechanical Engineer Graduated from Texas Tech University. I live in Austin and I am married and father of two kids. I love helping people which is the reason why I have been tutoring since i was a student at Austin Community College and again at Texas Tech University.

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Sylvain’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Texas Tech University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering


Playing sport, travel, and learning about high tech

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

Conversational French

Discrete Math

Finite Mathematics





Mechanical Engineering

Microsoft Office



Statics and Dynamics


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in learning by example. Being able to let the student solve the problem multiple times while guiding them if the have some difficulties on a specific part.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Introduce myself and talk about their hobbies and what they like or dislike. Find out what subject he/she has a problem in and what specific difficulties within the subject, and then build on that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By letting them solve the problem and just guide them through it. In addition, repeat the problem or something similar to test their understanding.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Use real-life experience to related to a specific problem.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Going back from the beginning to see where their strengths reside and just building on them in addition to solving as many examples as possible related to the concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Target their learning style and build up on it.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Relating to their real-life experience, which makes them more comfortable and therefore, prompts them to learn.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Use as many examples as possible, especially those that relate to their everyday life experience.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Let them solve similar problems to test their understanding. Test if they are able to solve the problem while explaining all the steps that lead to the answer.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By encouraging them in their achievements no matter how small or big they are.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking questions and understanding their learning style, which will give me a clue on their strengths and weaknesses.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Relating to the student as much as possible. Especially given their age group and their everyday experiences

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Depending on the subject. However, the student will be writing on a workbook. In other words, all the necessary tools needed for the maximum profit.

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